Irish miles

Kilbride RC church features on the Stanley family history. The church has a sizeable car park. There are very few houses nearby. Attendees are unlikely to walk there. It is located at Four Mile House. This is on the N61 heading north out of Roscommon town. Four Mile House is five miles from Roscommon. Is this an example of the Irish sense of humour?

Irish miles are different from imperial miles. In simple terms, four Irish miles are equivalent to five imperial miles. If you want a more detailed explanation, then head for Wikipedia. ( ) It is all to do with rods and perches, roods and acres. Distances on roads in the Republic of Ireland are now shown in kilometres. Eight kilometre house doesn’t have the same ring to it!